My uncle Red told me long ago, he said, " Butch, you can have all the money in the world but if you don't have your health you don't have anything." That's been good counsel, thanks again uncle Red! I still remind myself of the wisdom in it.
My uncle Ronny Hinson told me when I first felt a call to ministry, he said, " Butchy, you won't be able on your own strength to make people change, but if you get the inside of the barn hot enough the outside will peel." "Thanks for that bit of wisdom uncle Ronny, it's also helped me through the years!"
I know that Jesus is the "Mighty Counselor", and I love the revelation He puts in my heart, that is like honey in the rock! But I also thank him for the people He has brought into my life that spur me on, and care enough to share wisdom and understanding.
My mom told me when I started pastoring in Olympia years ago, she said, "Butch, you're going to find that there's three types of people in any congregation; Believers, unbelievers and make-believers". "Thanks Mom", "I think I've been all three at times."
I only regret that through the years I was not more attentive to the counsel that was all around me as I grew up. There is a lot of counsel that comes to us besides that which comes from behind the pulpit, if we will pay attention. "He that hath an ear to hear let him hear what the Spirit saith to the church's." Take time to let Him speak to you. But here's a little advice I myself heard a long time ago, it was, " He that thinks by the inch, and talks by the yard, needs to removed by the foot." That one I still need to work on....so with that I'll go. Have a great day Ya'll!